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The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins
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Read in May, 2012

The Lost Ones (Quinn Colson #2)
by Ace Atkins

5 of 5 Rating

Fresh from ten years as a U.S. Army Ranger, Quinn Colson finds his hands full as the newly elected sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi.  An old buddy running a local gun shop may be in over his head when stolen army rifles start showing up in the hands of a Mexican drug gang.

At the same time, an abused-child case leads Quinn and his tough-as-nails deputy, Lillie Virgil, deep into the heart of a bootleg baby racket and a trail of darkness and death. And when the two cases collide, Quinn and his allies are forced to realize that, though they may be home from the war, they are now in the fight of their lives.(less)

My Thoughts:

Talk about action packed, heart pumping suspense. I couldn't keep track of who was crossing who AGAIN. I received this hardback as a part of Goodreads ARC (advanced readers copy) giveaways for free & was not paid to review the book. AWESOME READ!

This is the first of Ace Atkins book's that I have read and I was absolutely glued to it. I live 30 minutes from the area in the book and found it absolutely astonishing that someone was willing to write about the craziness that I thought was secret in this little area in Mississippi..... Just kidding. This book contains action from the word go and it continues throughout the book.

Quinn finds himself the new sheriff in an area he grew up in with lots of opportunities to confuse professional with personal. Not to mention the chaios in his own family. He of course has many old friends in the area and many of them are not exactly law abiding citizens such as his hilarious buddy who runs the local git-ur-gun store. He does the best he can for them without sacrificing his own honesty in trying to save their crazy necks within the law. No dirty cop here.

This book is definitely the opposite of chic lit, as I saw another reviewer comment. It is all killing, shooting, some drug issues, human trafficking, mess talking, guns, sex, mafia, military, cops, a little women, & a lot of back door deals and double crossing. At one point I found myself rooting for the bad guy (one of the local boys who had some bad breaks).

Once everyone had been double or triple crossed & I decided that the local bad guy deserved a little respect for not crapping himself in a particularly BAD situation the book started winding down. The story even went out with an enormous bang & body count as well. Hard to imagine so much could go on in little ole Moon Shine country, but you might be surprised what "Good Ole Boys" & gals get into. Haha. I loved it & will definitely be on the look out for another installment.
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